By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON
Today, we celebrate the 243rd Army Birthday as well as National Flag Day to honor our organization’s distinguished history and the banner which has flown through 189 campaigns in defense of the United States of America.
The United States Army was founded on June 14, 1775, in response to the need for troops to fight in the American Revolution. The Continental Congress authorized the enlistment of Soldiers to serve the United Colonies. Two years later, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed an act which established an official flag for our new nation.
We encourage you to join us in celebrating our Army and national colors by participating in the events on post throughout the day — especially the streamer ceremony, which will allow us to celebrate our heritage and render our respect.
Each and every one of you is an integral part of the Fort Leonard Wood team and of the Army as a whole.
Your dedication to duty and willingness to serve is an example for others to follow.
Thank you for your service to our Army.
Happy Army Birthday.
Victory Starts Here…Victory Through Skill!
(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)